"With the guidance of the SPLC, my fellow student journalists and I learned about what protections we had as student journalists and what we could and could not do to fight administrative overreach."
After administrators shut down the Matador's website without advance notice, the student editors learned they had lost all online content since February 2014 — including their coverage of an ongoing censorship battle.
The Matador, the California high school paper that has faced administrative censorship and their adviser put on indefinite leave, is now dealing with the aftermath of their website's shutdown.
The California high school newspaper adviser has been indefinitely replaced by two substitutes who lack journalism experience while the district continues its investigation.
The student media adviser for The Matador student newspaper, which has been involved in a censorship dispute, was placed on administrative leave indefinitely, after an encounter with the principal at yearbook camp.
In response to an ACLU letter that called for an investigation into the alleged censorship of an article in The Matador student newspaper, a California school district announced plans to better protect the student press, but critics have called the district's actions inadequate.
Editors at a Pasadena-area high school say their principal ordered them to water down coverage of a popular teacher's removal, claiming it would invade the teacher's privacy. A local ACLU lawyer is asking the district to investigate whether the school censored not only the journalists, but also students who planned to protest the teacher's firing but were pressured to cancel the demonstration.